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Hacking Award Seats to Asia: All 177 Routes! By Hack My Trip. I appreciate all the work that went into this!

What to Do When Your Seat Assignment Sucks

What to do When Your Seat Assignment Sucks. By The Jetsetter’s Homestead. Some great advice from one of the new blogs from someone who is knowledgeable about the subject and is quality minded.

The Complete Guide to Hotel Best Rate Guarantees. By Travel is Free. Great comprehensive infographic.

Dans Deals broke the news about British Airways now collecting fuel surcharges for US Airways international flights. Good post with only one card pumped :-)

Another blog joined Prior2Boarding: Travelling the World.

Miles4More with a great post thinking out loud and from a macro point of view about “Planning and Funding Your Own Travel Savings Account“.

Loyalty Traveler with a great post for reference on “Hotel Programs that Count Award Stays for Elite Membership

Complain about Spirit and get 8,000 miles. Big deal you say? I thought so too. Until I saw how these dudes over at DansDeals are hitting it for…magazines!

10 Dreamy Waterfalls. At Dashburst.

dreamy waterfall dashburst

so serene

 

Great American Road Trips. At THE CHIVE

Starting from Salem, Oregon and ending in Walla Walla, Wash., the trip boasts stunning views of vineyards, old remnants of the Oregon Trail and hidden waterfalls. Distance: 300 miles Where to stop: Montinore Estate, Portland’s Saturday Market (also open on Sunday), Columbia River Gorge, Chateau Ste. Michelle Estate, K Vintners

Starting from Salem, Oregon and ending in Walla Walla, Wash., the trip boasts stunning views of vineyards, old remnants of the Oregon Trail and hidden waterfalls. Distance: 300 miles Where to stop: Montinore Estate, Portland’s Saturday Market (also open on Sunday), Columbia River Gorge, Chateau Ste. Michelle Estate, K Vintners

 

 

Absolutely stunning video about Bhutan. At The Adventure Blog. I should add this blog to the Blogs I Like one of these days!

30 Signs You Are Too Old To Stay In A Hostel. At Matador Network. LOLOLOLOL…Guaranteed!

From Inside Flyer July 2014 issue:

Reader Jason sent in a joke: “…Stephen Colbert is interviewing Satan over the phone from hell and Satan says, ‘Sorry I couldn’t be there in person but the only flight to New York was in coach on United Airlines, and I spend enough time in hell as it is'”. LOLOLOL.

IF interviewed Suzanne Rubin, President of American AAdvantage. There are three phases to the merger of the AA and US loyalty programs. “Reciprocity”, “Integration and Stabilization” and “Innovation”. I bet my Award Wallet balances the last phase will not be pretty for my readers #preparetobeshocked! No inside information, just gut feeling.

IF interviewed Chris McGinnis, editor of TravelSkills who also joined BoardingArea. He has been around travel for ever and was quite an accomplishment for the BA team to land him. Anyways, there is something he said which I thought was SO RIGHT ON that I think you should read too (page 43): “…I know I ‘ll catch a lot of flack for saying this, but I think what Delta (and Virgin America, Southwest, JetBlue) did makes a lot of sense and will improve the loyalty experience for true frequent business travelers in coming years. The airlines made a mistake when they started distributing applications for “frequent flyer” programs to everyone –even those who fly once or twice a year. That diluted the loyalty experience for the airlines’ best customers…the ones who pay the most (not those who flew the farthest). It opened the door to a wily generation of “gamers” who figured out how to snag more than they were entitled to by manipulating an admittedly imperfect system. The move to revenue-based programs realigns the system back to its initial premise: to reward truly frequent business travelers, those who fly 10+ times per year on non-discounted fares. If that’s not you, then sorry. If that is you, then get ready for things to get better. But it will take a while“. Bingo, exactly what I have been saying all along!

And I leave you with this…Hope it does not happen to you!

os shit crap ouch pain

Oh crap! Found here

 

Okay one more…

fuck the police lol

Lol. Found here

 

 

 

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31 comments on “Asia awards, seat assignments, hotel best rate guarantees, British Airways fuel surcharges, Spirit miles, waterfalls, USA road trips, Bhutan, hostels, Inside Flyer excerpts

  1. Buzz I was just about to SUPPORT TBB and use your referral link to Big Crumbs to order some of their outrageous cupcakes, but they filed chapter 11 yesterday.

    • Indeed. beautiful area. And i love the Nines in Portland. One of the better SPG club lounges around.

      • So glad to see Multnomah Falls pictured. If you have time, take the shortish, easy hike from there, don’t just gawk at the falls.

          • And look what info showed up in my inbox just now from Willakenzie Estates:

            “On June 25th, Decanter Magazine announced our 2011 Emery Pinot Noir as the #1 Pinot Noir from the United States, at the Decanter World Wine Awards ceremony in the United Kingdom. The Decanter World Wine Awards is the largest international wine competition in the world.

            This year, just under 15,000 wines were tasted. 1% of those wines were awarded a regional trophy and only one Pinot Noir was named the best of its varietal from the United States.

            Here is what the panel at Decanter had to say about 2011 Emery Pinot Noir… ‘Ripe strawberries, cranberries and rhubarb aromas meet floral notes, spice box and black pepper. Gorgeously pure flavours of forward red berry fruit have a stemmy complexity and a pitch-perfect high tone of burnt orange and coriander. Immediately pleasing but with terrific ageing potential.’

            Three additional WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noirs were entered as well, and each of them received an award. Pierre Léon and Terres Basses both earned silver medals and Aliette earned a bronze medal.”

            So if you don’t have enough points for a trip to France, come to Oregon!

  2. Where’s that d-bag Steve? Good to know the ever-useless Ramsey is here to fill the void in your rear George.

    • I would rather look at someone’s feet than at the inside of an airplane lav, with credit card salesman gleff in a PJ no less…

    • Well, it is revolting he’s putting his bare feet on the seat. Not because his feet are likely dirty, but that the seat back surely is.

  3. Watching the World Cup match at the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica. Too bad CR isn’t playing! Free beer and snacks…free minibar in my suite which costs $100 a night points and cash with Diamond upgrade. Got here on AA for $350 RT and was upgraded to business/first on all 4 legs. Is this a great hobby or what?

  4. About the man swinging and falling off the mountain, I was waiting for Doctor of Credit to comment that he must be a good engineer too. As he did about the man who lived in a 727 propped up on wood blocks. (just kidding Doc, where u b lately?)

  5. This is becoming beyond ridiculous:

    View from the Wing: “Stop! Don’t put your spending on that airline or hotel credit card”
    One Mile at a Time: “Best Credit Card for Maximizing Hyatt Points & Benefits”:
    Mommy Points: “5 Rewards Credit Cards I use the most for everyday purchases”

    If you patronize these credit card sales people YOU are part of the problem!

  6. “That diluted the loyalty experience for the airlines’ best customers…the ones who pay the most (not those who flew the farthest). It opened the door to a wily generation of “gamers” who figured out how to snag more than they were entitled to by manipulating an admittedly imperfect system.”

    Is this dude talking about… me?

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